With their power play finally coming around, the Chicago
Blackhawks have been piling up goals in winning their last four
Last week in Chicago, the Calgary Flames managed to hold the
Blackhawks to their lowest goal total of their streak but still
found themselves on the wrong end of a lopsided score.
Chicago looks to continue its surge and recent dominance over
the Flames on Friday night.
Despite being led by proven goal scorers Jonathan Toews, Patrick
Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, the Blackhawks’ power-play
unit ranked last in the league Nov. 8, converting at 8.8 percent (5
Since then, Chicago (12-4-3) has gone 6 for 14 with the extra
man (42.9 percent) and has scored 21 goals in winning all four
“The last three or four games it’s crawling, it’s slowly coming
back,” left wing Andrew Brunette said after Chicago went 2 for 3 on
the power play in Wednesday’s 5-1 win over Vancouver.
Brunette and Kane had power-play goals against the Canucks,
while Toews, Sharp and Steve Montador also scored for the
Blackhawks, who were without defenseman Brent Seabrook due to a
Toews has been leading the way during the winning streak,
tallying five goals and three assists.
“We’ve been scoring a lot of goals lately, which is good, and
hopefully we can keep it up,” said Kane, who will turn 23 on
Kane, tied with Hossa for the team lead with 21 points, had an
empty-net goal in last Friday’s 4-1 win over the Flames
Calgary held the Blackhawks to 1 for 4 on their power play and
three goals until four seconds remained, a minor victory
considering what Chicago’s offense has accomplished lately.
The Blackhawks improved to 15-4-0 against the Flames since
2008-09, which includes a first-round playoff series in 2009. Toews
has again been instrumental to Chicago’s success, with three goals
and three assists in his last four games in the series.
Although the Blackhawks have routinely given the Flames trouble,
they were outscored 10-3 in losing their two games in Calgary last
The Flames, however, haven’t been enjoying much success at the
Saddledome lately. They’ve been outscored 11-2 in losing their last
three games there and are 2-4-1 in their last seven in Calgary.
One of the biggest reasons for those struggles is the Flames’
home power play, which is a league-worst 2 for 40 (5.0 percent). In
Tuesday’s 3-1 home loss to Ottawa, Calgary went 0 for 6 with the
“Your power play is normally your best players, and the best
players got to produce on the power play,” coach Brent Sutter
That obviously hasn’t been the case, as captain Jarome Iginla
has yet to score a power-play goal in nine home games.
Calgary’s defense has also been a little shaky lately, yielding
at least three goals in each of the last four games.
That doesn’t bode well for facing the red-hot Blackhawks, who
are 10-0-2 when scoring at least three goals.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 27 shots in Chicago last week and has
posted a 3.84 goals-against average in losing his three starts in
Calgary this month. He is 2-8-2 with a 4.02 GAA in regular-season
games against the Blackhawks since 2008-09.
Chicago’s Ray Emery got the start against the Flames last week
and made 24 saves, improving to 3-1-1 with a 1.19 GAA lifetime
Starter Corey Crawford, who has a 2.34 GAA in winning his last
three starts, is 2-1-0 with a 2.68 GAA against Calgary in his